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People Who Are Addicted to Sex Author Joanne Brodie Explains How the Addiction Affects People

People Who Are Addicted to SexJoanne Brodie spoke to Sue Grant-Marshall for Business Day about her recently published book, People Who Are Addicted to Sex. Brodie herself was a sex addict and has been in recovery for the last twenty years, she is now a counsellor and helps others to overcome their addictions.

Brodie explains to Grant-Marshall that sex addiction “is not included in the ‘bible’ put out by the American Psychiatric Association, the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM).” However, she describes it as a “primary illness that affects people on many levels — physically, emotionally, mentally and spiritually”.

Brodie goes on to discuss the way in which it is a “brain disease” as engaging in sexual behaviour, such as watching pornography, can trigger the brain’s neurotransmitters to release endorphins.

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Joanne Brodie has been wearing the “been there, done that” sex addiction T-shirt for 20 years now — the length of time she’s been “clean”. This means she is no longer promiscuous, nor does she masturbate obsessively. But her clients do.

They also watch pornography, visit prostitutes, and flash their genitalia at, or rub their bodies up against, strangers. People arrive at Brodie’s private practice rooms when their addiction is so out of control that they are unable to continue living their “normal” lives, or are in mortal danger. Something’s got to give.

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Recent comments:

  • SandtonSobriety
    September 6th, 2014 @20:25 #

    Interesting, but unsurprising that Brodie still claims to be "20 years clean", when quite a few of us, her former patients from her now 'dissolved' treatment centre, know that to be untrue.


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